Dr. Melissa Deckman is a Professor of Political Science at Washington College and a PRRI Affiliated Scholar. Her research interests center on the intersection of religion, women, and politics. She has written in the past about the Christian Right’s participation in school board politics. Her most recent work is as co-editor and contributor to Curriculum and the Culture Wars: Debating the Bible’s Place in Public Schools. PRRI sat down with Dr. Deckman to discuss the significance of the book.
Welcome to the Morning Buzz, PRRI’s morning dose of religion-related news with a shot of data – because what doesn’t liven up a morning round-up like some public opinion numbers?
Tired of the two-party system? You may be in luck. Sarah Palin recently discussed the prospect of creating a third political party–the “Freedom Party.”
Atheists have erected their first-ever monument on U.S. government property, putting it up next to a stone slab of the Ten Commandments outside a Florida courthouse. The effort came after the New Jersey-based American Atheists sued to have the religious monument removed, and lost. Less than half (45 percent) of Americans have a favorable opinion of atheists.
In other nonbelief news, a survey finds 38 percent of young Brits identify as atheists and an even greater number see religion as a source of evil in the world.
They may not always see eye-to-eye on the bench, but Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia get along well in a duck blind.
Are you literate enough to pass a 1960s Louisiana literacy test? You have 10 minutes. Ready, set…